The National Seed Health System (NSHS) and the Online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) at Iowa State University are excited to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural hands-on seed health testing workshop in October.

The workshop is designed for seed laboratory technicians, particularly those who work for companies looking to be or are already NSHS-accredited. Workshops will emphasize hands-on laboratory practices, combined with lectures and classroom discussions.

The three-and-a-half-day agenda includes:

  • NSHS method Br 1.1 – Xanthomonas campestris campestris on brassicas
    • Selective media plating with conventional PCR confirmation test
  • NSHS method Cb 3.1 – Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) on cucurbits
    • ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)
  • NSHS method So 7.1 – Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) on tomato and pepper
    • Reverse transcription quantitative PCR

Register today for this inaugural workshop held October 4-October 7 in Ames, Iowa. Friday, October 7 will conclude around noon, CDT to give attendees an opportunity to travel home before the weekend.

Registration is $1,895 for non-accredited NSHS companies, and $1,795 for NSHS accredited companies and STB Graduate Students. Space is limited.

More details about this workshop are available at and



About the Seed Science Center

The Seed Science Center at Iowa State University is a center of excellence nationally and internationally in seed research, education, technology transfer, and international seed programs.


About the Online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business

The Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program at Iowa State University is an exclusively online-only graduate program focused on preparing students for seed-related management roles. The program is designed specifically for professionals working in the seed sector and aims to offer fresh perspectives on how seed delivers values to users and society.


About the National Seed Health System

The National Seed Health System is a program authorized by USDA-APHIS and administered by the Iowa State University Seed Science Center to accredit both private and public entities to perform certain activities needed to support the issuance of Federal phytosanitary certificates for the international movement of seed.